Lewis Marien • Daily Egyptian
Freshman infielder Hunter Anderson, left, tosses the ball to freshman outfielder Logan Blackfan Monday during practice at Itchy Jones Stadium. Anderson and Blackfan are two of 12 freshmen on the SIU baseball roster this year. “It’s going to be fun growing up as a team,” Blackfan said. “Our main goal is to win conference, but we want to get better as a team this fall, and hopefully we can put something together in the spring.”

Baseball reloads with youth

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Former Saluki signed by Diamondbacks

Former Saluki catcher Matt Jones promised his grandma Elaine Jones she would be the first person he told if a major league organization ever signed him. On Monday, Jones was able to keep that promise. The Arizona Diamondbacks purchased Jones’ contract ... Continue Reading →

SIU baseball players keep options open

Former pitchers Sam Coonrod and Nathan Dorris, and former Saluki catcher Matt Jones all intend to finish their education through SIU. The Chicago Cubs drafted left-handed pitcher Dorris in the 17th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball First Year Player ... Continue Reading →
Catcher Matt Jones gets dressed in the locker room Tuesday before the Southern Illinois Miners’ game against the Frontier Greys at Rent One Park in Marion. Jones, who started 113 games for the Salukis, signed with the Miners June 12. “The transition has been easier staying in the same part of the country,” Jones said. “It’s been a lot of fun playing at the professional level and it’s nice to be close to home.”
Lewis Marien • Daily Egyptian

Jones transitions to Frontier League

Catcher Matt Jones’ first home series of his senior season was played at Rent One Park in Marion, but now he’s calling it home in a different uniform. Jones played two seasons with the Salukis. He started 113 games and hit .282 with 4 home runs and ... Continue Reading →

Two Salukis develop on enemy turf

Two Saluki baseball players spent their summer calling a rival stadium home and calling eight other Missouri Valley Conference players their teammates. Collegiate baseball players have the opportunity to play in summer leagues to develop their skills. ... Continue Reading →

Senior gets Royal treatment

Senior right-handed pitcher Todd Eaton became the second Saluki and 11th Missouri Valley Conference pitcher selected in the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Eaton was selected 1,023rd overall by the Kansas City Royals in the 34th round. “It’s ... Continue Reading →

Coonrod headed to Bay Area

Junior right-handed pitcher Sam Coonrod likely won’t return for his senior season, but that doesn’t mean he will stop playing baseball. Coonrod was picked by the San Francisco Giants in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player ... Continue Reading →

Dawgs best efforts fall short to Shockers

  The Salukis had only one hit Thursday, but managed to force extra innings against last year’s Missouri Valley Conference Tournament champions. The eighth-seeded Salukis (26-31, 4-17) lost to the fourth-seeded Wichita State University Shockers ... Continue Reading →

Salukis move to losers bracket

A southern Illinois native stalled the Dawgs chances to make it to the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Wednesday. The eighth-seeded Salukis fell to the fifth-seeded Illinois State University Redbirds (32-21, 10-11) 6-1 to put them ... Continue Reading →

Salukis show winning hand against Aces

The Saluki baseball team was a few steps away from beating the Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year earlier this season, but it got its revenge against him Tuesday. The eighth-seeded Salukis (26-29, 4-17) upset the top-seed University of Evansville ... Continue Reading →
Senior Sam Coonrod delivers a pitch Friday during SIU’s 4-2 loss against Evansville University at Itchy Jones Stadium. Coonrod leads the team with 64 strikeouts and leads the weekend starters with a 3.39 ERA. The Salukis open a weekend series against Mississippi Valley State University Friday at Itchy Jones Stadium.
JENNIFER GONZALEZ · DAILY EGYPTIAN

Coonrod’s potential keeps going up

Wins and losses are the most overrated pitching statistic, but they do not go unnoticed. Junior right-handed pitcher Sam Coonrod is one of the best pitchers on the Saluki staff, but has not gotten a win credited to his name this season. He has not been ... Continue Reading →

Salukis battle each other for records

The Saluki baseball team has only seven games left of its regular season, but there is more than wins and losses at stake. Senior shortstop Jake Welch moved into ninth place in Saluki history with 213 career games during the weekend, five behind pitching ... Continue Reading →
Senior catcher Matt Jones runs to first base Friday during SIU’s 4-2 loss against the University of Evansville. Jones hit
three doubles in the weekend series and has hits in nine of the last 10 games. The Salukis open a weekend series against
Mississippi Valley State University Friday at Itchy Jones Stadium.
JENNIFER GONZALEZ • DAILY EGYPTIAN

Dawgs drop another conference series

The Saluki baseball team has lost all of its six conference series this season, and has eight one-run losses. The Salukis (22-26, 4-14) hosted the Missouri Valley Conference-leading University of Evansville (30-16, 11-4) for their final home conference ... Continue Reading →

Dugout Crew brings energy to the Itch

Itchy Jones Stadium was not the only addition to the SIU baseball program this season. The Salukis created the Dugout Crew: a group of 12 women who help out with on and off field tasks. The women help at the games by bringing water and extra baseballs ... Continue Reading →
Senior Matt Jones catches behind the plate April 12 during SIU’s 5-4 loss against Indiana State
University. Jones has thrown out the most base runners attempting to steal in the Missouri Valley
Conference. He became the first Saluki to throw out three attempted base stealers in one game since
2012.
JENNIFER GONZALEZ · DAILY EGYPTIAN

Jones will not be losing his job to me

There is no chance my body would allow me to squat in a catcher’s position for even a single at-bat, let alone nine innings.  My final individual challenge was against senior catcher Matt Jones. We tried throwing out freshman infielder Connor Kopach ... Continue Reading →
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